What does Success Mean Anyway?

Something that has always played an important role in my life is the word sucess, but what does it mean to me?

For me, success is having strong career prospects, a happy life and having people to share it with. Although money motivates me A LOT (probably more than anything most days), there are other motivatiors in my life and that’s okay.

As someone who has always been career orientated it’s always been my goal to be able to live very comfortably, in a role where I am STILL constantly learning, even if I own the company myself. I think that’s why I love working in digital marketing, it’s constantly changing and I feel like I learn something new every day.

Having a happy life and people to share it with is also a given for me, as although I am money motivated, I do want to be surrounded by the people I love so we can celebrate each others successes together.

The problem is though, in a world where people craving validation from the online world, I feel like the word sucess is starting to become a little tainted. I’ve actually seen people say that success is a bad word.

Lately, I’ve read posts/tweets by numerous people saying they don’t like the word success because it can make you feel like you are never good enough, like you will never achieve your goals if you are constantly comparing yourself to other peoples sucesses.

But isn’t ‘success’ different for everyone?

I wanted to see how different people define sucess, so obviously I turned to Twitter and had some AMAZING responses:

  • Feeling like I’ve achieved something by my own standards and not other people’s. - @RachelEmily___
  • Being content in all aspects of life - career, family, blogging etc. - @charleylucy
  • Success is happiness and contentment. - @AmandaNason1
  • The freedom to define it myself - @Catstello
  • Being happy and content in yourself. Feeling fulfilled but still having a “glass half full” mindset - @Amyleighcraigg
  • Being happy with what I’ve achieved. It’s not defined by worth or marks but by how I feel. - @WishHopeDreams
  • Means doing something that makes me happy, and provides a life for me that makes me happy. - @charlottesteggz
  • “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” - Winston Churchill - @Sairey_bearey
  • Doing what you LOVE to do, while earning enough to not worry ^_^ - @dorkfaceblog
  • Feeling proud of what I’ve achieved and knowing I’ve worked hard to succeed - @sweet_berries98
  • Achieving balance in my life, feeling at peace and ticking off goals. 💁🏻 - @HeyImMichaela
  • Creating something im proud of, and being able to learn more through constructive criticism received for what im proud of - @itslucykate_
  • Having the financial freedom to make time for the people and things I love 💕 - @oawoodward
  • Waking up happy each day and going to a job which you love. If you’re happy, you’ve made it 😊✨ - @ClakeCouture
  • Achieving lifelong dreams - but having people to share them with 🙂 - @thekatybennett
  • A sense of personal satisfaction through achieving what I want to achieve;it’s a very individual measure. - @lorsh78
  • I define success via how I feel rather than what I do! 😊 - @ofthesaintsUK
  • Being able to feel pride in what you do, even if it is only small accomplishments it’s something 😄 - @s_watterson
  • For me success means meeting personal goals - which are always different and changing depending on me, my blog and my content. Could be post reach, or a well written post, or one that gets linked to, or positive feedback! Success is pretty fluid for me! - @quesarahsarahx
  • Feeling satisfied with the work that you do 😎 @nn_icole
  • Achieving what you set out to do! @lolaandbehold
  • Doing the things that make YOU happy @zoeliannex

See? Not one of them was identical and that is what makes success so wonderful.

I think that what I am trying to show by this post is that you define success in whatever way you want, and nobody has the right to tell you that you’re wrong for wanting to be sucessful.

Rather than think success is a bad word because it encourages comparison, why not celebrate everyone’s success and let it motivate you to achieve your own?

If you want something, go get it.

Kirsty Leanne



If you loved this post don't forget to share:


  1. February 5, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    LOVE this post! You’re so right success is different for everyone and I absolutely love everyone’s different responses to this. I particularly like - Achieving balance in my life, feeling at peace and ticking off goals – @HeyImMichaela


    • February 12, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      So glad you enjoyed reading it! It was great to see everyones responses 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *